March 25, 2014

Did You Know? IDW “RoHS Indicator” Field

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive is an environmental directive that aims to restrict certain dangerous substances commonly used in electrical and electronic equipment, specifically the following: Lead, Cadmium, Mercury, Hexavalent Chromium, Polybrominated Buphenyls, (PPB), and Plybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE). This directive began in the European Union (EU) but has some corresponding legislation in the US.

Distributors are asking manufacturers to provide this information about their products’ RoHS compliancy by using the “RoHS Indicator” field in the IDW. It is particularly important for manufacturers to set the “RoHS Indicator” status if their products are exported as components or finished goods.

The “RoHS Indicator” field is a simple one-character field available in every data population file format, indicating the product’s EU RoHS Certification status.  The value options are:

Y = Yes

N = No

X = Not Applicable to this product

U = Under review (by manufacturer)

C = Contact manufacturer

By populating this field, manufacturers can provide their distributors with highly-demanded information to pass on to end users. In addition to indicating that a product is RoHS compliant (Y), manufacturers should also indicate if their products are not compliant (N), and if RoHS does not apply (X).

For more information on RoHS, check out these helpful links: 

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